Location: 1120 5th Ave SW

Grugan house_1938Grugan House in 1938, photo from Thurston County Assessor, Washington State Archives Grugan House

Grugan House today (2010), photo by Deb Ross

This well proportioned and well preserved home on the West Side was built in 1889, a very early date for West Olympia homes. It is in the pleasing and simple Victorian cottage style, with some ornamentation at the doorway. According to the Olympia Heritage inventory, Mr. Grugan worked at the Westside Mill, along West Bay Drive – his commute would have been an easy slide down to West Bay, and a tough, muddy slog back uphill to his home. This house has been inventoried but is not listed.

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Washington State Historical Society enter the following catalog number in the Collections Search box: C1964.26.4.18.7

Olympia Heritage inventory

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